MEMBER for Western Victoria Region, Joshua Morris MP, has welcomed the opening of the Coalition Government’s Ballarat Base Hospital helipad. The $46.4 million expansion of Ballarat Base Hospital, which was initiated by the previous Napthine Government, includes a long-anticipated helipad for emergency air ambulance helicopter transfers “The opening of the new helipad is great news for Ballarat and will enable rapid transfers to Melbourne for our most critically ill local patients,” Mr Morris said. “This project has been on the Coalition’s agenda for a long time and my predecessor David Koch fought for the project for many years. “Unfortunately the Andrews Government has tried to take credit for the project and score some cheap political points.” The former Coalition Government funded the $46.4 million expansion of Ballarat Base Hospital with support from the City of Ballarat.
Mr Morris also highlighted the increasing wait times for surgery and emergency care in Ballarat.
“While the Andrews Government focuses on cutting a ribbon for the cameras, health services in Ballarat are at breaking point. “In Ballarat we are seeing longer wait times in emergency, longer wait lists for surgery and more patients who are overdue to receive care.
“Unfortunately, despite the incredible work of local nurses, doctors and specialists, the Andrews Government is not providing enough funding or support for Ballarat’s health services.”